Steve already covered the whole Joba to the bullpen debate this morning, so I am not going to rehash it. However, there was one portion of Joel Sherman’s article from this morning that needed to be addressed:
Because aren’t the 2010 Yanks much better if both Joba and Hughes are in the bullpen? Think about it.
As long as they have health with their main veteran starters — Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte and Javier Vazquez — the importance of a No. 5 man dims.
The No. 5 competition could be among Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre. The winner probably could pitch to a 5.00 ERA and still win in double digits because of the strength of the Yankees’ offense, but also because the No. 5 starter would be backed by a bullpen that had both Chamberlain and Hughes.
Manager Joe Girardi is very protective of relievers, anyway, and with both Chamberlain and Hughes available, he could continue on that path more comfortably while further diminishing the temptation to ever push Rivera into the eighth inning before the postseason.
Sherman later notes the primary reason that the Yankees would not do this, in that it would hurt the development of both pitchers and make them both question marks for 2011. Furthermore, if the Yankees have one injury during the regular season, the Yankees will either be forced to stretch one of the young guys out, always perceived as a dangerous move, or have a rotation with both Aceves and Chad Gaudin in it, a similarly precarious proposition. However, the issue I want to note here is this concept that the 5th starter slot is somehow less important than the other spots in the rotation.
5th starter is not a position or a role. It is simply the nomenclature used to describe the club’s 5th best pitcher. The 5th starter slot gets almost as many starts per season that the other slots get, and after the first few weeks, could be lined up against the #1 and #2 pitchers from other clubs. There is no reason to give up performance from the #5 spot just because the first four spots are adequately filled. In fact, considering that other clubs do not have 5 adequate starters, developing one in Joba or Hughes can create a competitive advantage for the Yankees relative to most AL clubs.
The Yankees should be working towards having their 5 best starters taking the ball on a regular basis. They simply need to look at this question not in terms of “the #5 starter against set-up man,” but rather in terms of “starter vs. one inning reliever.” Once you consider the issue in that framework, it becomes pretty clear that it makes sense to have one of the two young guns in the rotation, as having a good pitcher take the ball every fifth day is more important than adding a very good 7th inning reliever. The 2010 Yankees are not better with Joba and Hughes both in the bullpen.
Do you agree?
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